The Cake Crit!
Using cake to create something that is visually pleasing! This is all about the visual, and the judges will not be tasting these.
So at first I thought we were sculpting out of cake, like baking a big cake and then making a sculpture out of it. However in class watching a demonstration I soon learned that we are kinda using it as a base for something else. So during the demonstration, she cut out a rectangle and dressed it up with some dehydrated carrots, a sauce with apples and icing over ice that froze immediately.
So this is some of the ideas that I came up with.
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I decided to go with the personal wedding cake idea.
I tried my best to cut this cake into a hexagon then I cut up apples, coasted them with lemon juice to stop them from browning and then I made a vanilla buttercream icing with a plant based butter spread, crisco, powered sugar, vanilla, salt and almond milk. I then took that frosting mixed it with mashed banana and mashed pieces of cake. I took that mixture and spread it on top of the apples. Then I added another layer of cake cut into a hexagon as well. I also took little balls of the cake and placed them on top with pearls in the middle. After all that I iced the cake and mixed together some lemon juice with powered sugar to make a glaze and I glazed it over the cake.
SO i was wrong as far as my idea of the assignment so I will not be using this example anymore.
This was just a little joke for my best friend while practicing!
This next one I tried to make it look something like what we were shown in class. I used carrots, I used the dots, or circle that were talked about in class and at the demonstration. I made a homemade strawberry jam, boiled some strawberries, with lemon juice and sugar and I used that as a "sauce" to make my dots. Then I used dehydrated fruits with the carrots and jam. I liked the dehydrated fruits because they provided juxtaposition crunch with so much sweet and soft going on. I did not however have a "theme" or a "idea" when making this or even afterwards it was just a thought put together as an inspiration from class today. I don't know if I like it yet.
So my mom said this things looks super plain and she advised me to try something new so I went back to my notes and one thing that stook out to me was the timeless, classic look of nature. Nature is great! Like who doesn't love nature, I can work with that.
SO originally I was going with this swan Idea made out of an apple that I can place into the cake. Cutting the cake like a fruit bowl or something however that doesn't work because the swan apple would completely cover the cake and I don't think it will be okay for the crit.
SO the final product that I made had a tropical island theme. I wanted to use some nature so I used spinach to bring out the "green" side since lately people have been on a "go green" frenzy. I covered the cake in chocolate because who doesn't like chocolate? Especially with pearls on top. I also added a cinnamon stick on top for a little juxtaposition with crunch and if you still thinking tropical island with a big chocolate mountain then you have a tree branch on the mountain. Just a little imagination!